Health Benefits of the Herb Chamomile: How to Make Your own Home Remedies Using Chamomile
The herb Chamomile
The use of Chamomile goes back to Ancient times. Many well known herbalists and early physicians have described in great details how they used to use the healing properties of Chamomile to soothe their patients problems. Chamomile is a herb which is part of the Asteraceae family and flowers with small daisy like flowers
It is a gentle treatment but at the same time in remains very effective and many believe it heals the soul as well as the body. Someone described the scent of Chamomile like falling into cotton wool or fluffy clouds on a summer day. If you have never smelt Chamomile it might be difficult to understand but I can see what they mean, it sort of gives me a feeling of floating.
Chamomile grows from Southern Europe up to the North of Europe and across most of the Northern Hemisphere. It is thought it traveled with ancient mariners to the new world and was quickly adopted by the locals.
The Spanish often tell a story how they traded "Manzanilla" (Chamomile) to the native South American Indians they encountered. Chamomile is still today a very cherished herb in Spain and Chamomile tea is often drunk in the morning and the flowers are picked and bagged in the area that I live in. As a matter of fact you can smell the golden Chamomile fields in the air on warm summer nights.
This is a great herb to grow. Even if you go away and forget about it for a while it doesn't seem to mind. As a matter of fact, I have known Chamomile to completely fade away and come back in the same spot a year late. It seems to say "Remember me?"
It is a lovely herb to grow in a window box as it flowers so much, and it gives off that lovely floaty scent. Cats love this herb and if you have a cat with an upset stomach try adding some freshly brewed Chamomile infusion to its water.
There are many different varieties that you can grow but I particularly love the Roman Chamomile with very rich yellow flowers. It has nice strong stalks so it easy to hang and dry, and the scent seems to last a bit longer.
The shorter varieties are also nice and perhaps if you only have a small space in which to grow Chamomile consider one on the shorter varieties. Chamomile is also an excellent rockery plant and loves to hug rocky surfaces, and does not mind cramped spaces.
Just remember to harvest it, it loves being harvested and cut back and rewards you again and again with a great display of flowers.
When I lived in England I used to have a Chamomile lawn and I think it was there I actually got "addicted" to Chamomile. Chamomile lawns are kept short and when you walk on them it feels like a soft carpet and the scent is released.
Our dogs used to spend hours snoozing on the lawn. The essential oils which are released when you sit or walk on the lawn must have been released and made them a bit sleepy.
Chamomile helps and heals
Chamomile is a strong but gentle treatment and a little goes along way.I find that Chamomile is great for treating stomach problems such as stomach flu, ulcers and indigestion.
One thing that Chamomile excels at is treating IBS - Irritable Bowels Syndrome. This is often an irritation of the bowel lining so using conventional medicine does not seem to help a lot however Chamomile tea certainly does. Chamomile tea can be drunk cold as well as hot. The best idea if you are an IBS sufferer is to sip it through out the day.
If you do suffer IBS consider starting your day with chamomile tea and a teaspoon of Manuka Honey.
This will really help your intestines to relax, slow down and become less spasmodic.
Chamomile tea is also great for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and skin rashes which may be due to having used products containing Parabens.
It also help with anxiety attacks, panic problems and sleep disorders such as Insomnia.
If you are pregnant you should not use this herb as it may cause uterine contractions.
As I mentioned before Chamomile and Honey seems to go work well together so I make my own little home remedy for insects bites and spots.
You just need a few very basic things; a teaspoon, Chamomile flowers, liquid honey, small bowl and a small glass jars.
Take a teaspoon of dried Chamomile flowers and put them into a small bowl. Cover them well with liquid honey and just blend everything together. Once you have blended the mixture spoon into small jars.
This is a great treatment for insect bites especially. It really takes the sting out and 24 hours later you will probably forget you had a bite. Also great for small sores and is a safe treatment for children and pets.
Chamomile treatment for pets and humans
Chamomile is a great treatment for dogs as well.
Dogs with skin problems tend to respond very well to Chamomile.
Try this if your dog has a skin problem or have had a problem with fleas.
You will need a handful of Chamomile flowers, large glass bowl, hot water and a jug.
1)Put the Chamomile flowers in the bowl and add the hot water. Give a good stir and allow to cool to a comfortable temperature.
2)Once the mixture has cooled to a comfortable temperature strain the flowers out of the liquid, and pour into a jug.
3)Rinse your dog's coat with the liquid and leave on for about five minutes, and clean off with some clean water. Alternatively you can leave the liquid on the coat. A friend of mine often leaves the Chamomile rinse in her dog's coat, and I must admit he has a lovely shiny coat.
Please make sure the liquid is not too hot nor too cold. Dogs don't like cold water neither do you want to burn your dog.
This also works well on human skin rashes and Psoriasis sufferers will found this treatment a great relief.
Chamomile in the cold and flu season
Chamomile tea, or infusions, are really versatile. They work great together with other natural remedies. One of the best way to use a Chamomile infusion is to combine with honey.
If you are suffering from a flu or a cold mix two teaspoons of honey in a large mug of Chamomile tea or your own homemade infusion. Both Chamomile and honey are antiseptic and can help to clear a sore throat. If you have a lot of mucus in your bronchial tubes or chest you can also try gargling with honey and chamomile tea. It losens the phlegm and soothes the upper throat.
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